The Parted Earth, by Anjali Enjeti


I knew of Anjali Enjeti as co-founder of the Georgia chapter of They See Blue, a corporation to encourage progressive South Asian People to be politically engaged. Like many others, I used to be wanting to see two Democratic senators elected from Georgia, and I used to be a part of a letter-writing marketing campaign from Ohio to Georgians.

 I used to be subsequently very to study that Anjali Enjeti can be an writer! The Parted Earth, printed in Might 2021, takes place in 1947 in India in addition to in present-day Georgia, with scenes in London as properly. When the British colonial rulers had been lastly pushed out of India, the nation was separated into two. Partition created a majority-Muslim Pakistan and a majority-Hindu India. It was a violent and tragic time, with Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs crushed and killed as they tried to flee one nation for the opposite.

 The jacket flap copy of this guide makes it seem to be the guide is about Deepa, who was an adolescent throughout Partition, in addition to her granddaughter, who lives in present-day Georgia. In actuality, the novel is extra than simply their tales. I might say that the primary character on this guide is Partition itself. We expertise the tragedy of Partition by means of Deepa’s eyes, but additionally by means of the story of her boyfriend Amir and Amir’s sister Laila. And we additionally study of a horrifying occasion in Harjeet’s life. The occasions of Partition reverberate by means of the generations, and we learn the way they have an effect on Shan, Deepa’s granddaughter, in addition to Harjeet’s spouse (who’s Shan’s pal).  

 The Parted Earth doesn’t proceed chronologically, however shifts between the historic settings and occasions, and present-day conditions. Dates and areas are supplied within the chapter headers. The story has many moments of compassion, friendship, and love, including empathy and poignancy to the tragic occasions. I discovered myself crying after studying a number of the later chapters. Anjali Enjeti’s writing is straightforward and clear, permitting readers into the lives of those fascinating characters.

The writer photograph above is from Anjali Enjeti’s web site.

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